The Poet is the fifth novel by award-winning American author Michael Connelly. Published in 1996, it is the first of Connelly's novels not to feature Detective Harry Bosch and first to feature Crime Reporter Jack McEvoy. A sequel, The Narrows, was published in 2004. The Poet won the 1997 Dilys Award.
The story is told in first-person narrative from the perspective of reporter Jack McEvoy. At times, a first-person narrative is also used for a mysterious character named "Eidolon". And, while telling the story from the viewpoint of pedophile William Gladden, Connelly uses third-person narrative. The book also features the first appearance of FBI agent Rachel Walling, a recurring character in Connelly's novels.